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Weekly Resources from the Catalyst Community: Week of July 21st

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Read, Watch, Listen, a curated Collection of resources and stories from around the web

Welcome to our weekly showcase featuring a curated selection of valuable resources shared by our community. We explore various topics, including professional development, diversity, equity, and mentorship. We enjoy sharing these resources and hope they will benefit you as much as they have benefitted us.

In this episode of Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal, Oliver Burkeman, journalist and author of 'Four Thousand Weeks: Time And How To Use It' discusses how embracing our finitude and lack of control over our lives can lead to a more fulfilling and productive life. He also critiques the obsession with productivity and time management, arguing that it can make us unhappy and less in control. If you want to hear more about common misconceptions about productivity and the importance of accepting that we will never get everything done, check it out.

This article from BetterUp explains the concepts of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including the types of diversity and how to promote a genuinely inclusive environment. Diversity is a term that refers to the variety of different perspectives represented on a team. Inclusion means that every individual should have an equal opportunity to access education, resources, opportunities, or any other treatment based on their unique qualities. Diverse organizations are inherently happier, more productive, and more competitive in their industries, and this article provides ten benefits of diversity in the workplace.

To thrive in a challenging work environment, it's essential to establish clear lines of communication with colleagues and superiors. Doing so can improve your communication skills and foster a more positive and productive work environment. Check out these five tips from the Collaboratory to help you thrive in your career.

In this episode of Planet Money, two tech workers who lost their jobs at Amazon and Google due to layoffs share their experiences trying to find new jobs within 60 days. As H-1B visa recipients, the narrow window of time to find a new job can be terrifying because once that clock runs out, you may be required to leave the country. The episode explores foreign workers' challenges in the U.S. tech (and biotech) industry and the complexities of linking employment to residency.

You are more than your job! In this video, Gloria Chan Packer dives into strategies for managing burnout and setting boundaries at work. She emphasizes the importance of focusing on a healthier and more sustainable relationship with stress and burnout rather than trying to eradicate it completely. Gloria also acknowledges that setting boundaries can be difficult and that sometimes a micro change for yourself, such as switching industries or workplaces, may be necessary. If you're interested in learning more, watch the whole video!

Have you ever heard of intersectional feminism? In this video from Collaboratory, Alison and Jenn discuss intersectional feminism, its history, misconceptions, and how individuals and organizations can be allies. They also give recommendations on how to broaden one's view and understanding.

Thanks for reading! If you have any interesting resources we should share in our next roundup, let us know at [email protected].

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